Installing DataFusion Comet

Make sure the following requirements are met and software installed on your machine.

Supported Platforms

  • Linux

  • Apple OSX (Intel and Apple Silicon)


  • Apache Spark 3.3, or 3.4

  • JDK 8 and up

  • GLIBC 2.17 (Centos 7) and up

Using a Published Release

There are no public releases available yet, so it is necessary to build from source as described in the next section.

Building From Source

Clone the repository:

git clone

Build Comet for a specific Spark version:

cd datafusion-comet
make release PROFILES="-Pspark-3.4"

Note that the project builds for Scala 2.12 by default but can be built for Scala 2.13 using an additional profile:

make release PROFILES="-Pspark-3.4 -Pscala-2.13"

To build Comet from the source distribution on an isolated environment without an access to it is necessary to disable git-commit-id-maven-plugin, otherwise you will face errors that there is no access to the git during the build process. In that case you may use:

make release-nogit PROFILES="-Pspark-3.4"

Run Spark Shell with Comet enabled

Make sure SPARK_HOME points to the same Spark version as Comet was built for.

export COMET_JAR=spark/target/comet-spark-spark3.4_2.12-0.1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

$SPARK_HOME/bin/spark-shell \
    --jars $COMET_JAR \
    --conf spark.driver.extraClassPath=$COMET_JAR \
    --conf spark.executor.extraClassPath=$COMET_JAR \
    --conf spark.sql.extensions=org.apache.comet.CometSparkSessionExtensions \
    --conf spark.comet.enabled=true \
    --conf spark.comet.exec.enabled=true \
    --conf spark.comet.exec.all.enabled=true \
    --conf spark.comet.explainFallback.enabled=true

Verify Comet enabled for Spark SQL query

Create a test Parquet source

scala> (0 until 10).toDF("a").write.mode("overwrite").parquet("/tmp/test")

Query the data from the test source and check:

  • INFO message shows the native Comet library has been initialized.

  • The query plan reflects Comet operators being used for this query instead of Spark ones

scala> spark.sql("select * from t1 where a > 5").explain
INFO src/ Comet native library initialized
== Physical Plan ==
        *(1) ColumnarToRow
        +- CometFilter [a#14], (isnotnull(a#14) AND (a#14 > 5))
          +- CometScan parquet [a#14] Batched: true, DataFilters: [isnotnull(a#14), (a#14 > 5)],
             Format: CometParquet, Location: InMemoryFileIndex(1 paths)[file:/tmp/test], PartitionFilters: [],
             PushedFilters: [IsNotNull(a), GreaterThan(a,5)], ReadSchema: struct<a:int>

With the configuration spark.comet.explainFallback.enabled=true, Comet will log any reasons that prevent a plan from being executed natively.

scala> Seq(1,2,3,4).toDF("a").write.parquet("/tmp/test.parquet")
WARN CometSparkSessionExtensions$CometExecRule: Comet cannot execute some parts of this plan natively because:
  - LocalTableScan is not supported
  - WriteFiles is not supported
  - Execute InsertIntoHadoopFsRelationCommand is not supported

Enable Comet shuffle

Comet shuffle feature is disabled by default. To enable it, please add related configs:

--conf spark.shuffle.manager=org.apache.spark.sql.comet.execution.shuffle.CometShuffleManager
--conf spark.comet.exec.shuffle.enabled=true

Above configs enable Comet native shuffle which only supports hash partition and single partition. Comet native shuffle doesn’t support complex types yet.

Comet doesn’t have official release yet so currently the only way to test it is to build jar and include it in your Spark application. Depending on your deployment mode you may also need to set the driver & executor class path(s) to explicitly contain Comet otherwise Spark may use a different class-loader for the Comet components than its internal components which will then fail at runtime. For example:

--driver-class-path spark/target/comet-spark-spark3.4_2.12-0.1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

Some cluster managers may require additional configuration, see

To enable columnar shuffle which supports all partitioning and basic complex types, one more config is required:

--conf spark.comet.columnar.shuffle.enabled=true